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What’s Going On?

Something is! I had to be carted off to the hospital in an ambulance on Thursday of last week. It was either an infection my home-visiting doctor couldn’t spot or the dreaded relapse. She couldn’t diagnose any illness. At the hospital,...Show More Summary

How Bad Are Proposed Changes to the Americans with Disabilities Act?

My knee was jerking the other day. It wasn’t my MS, it was my knee-jerk reaction to the passage in the U.S. House of Representatives of a bill called the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 (HR 620). Before the vote, people with disabilities...Show More Summary

Pilot Study Is Testing Whether Mediterranean Diet Can Help MS Patients

New York researchers are doing a pilot study of whether a Mediterranean diet can reduce multiple sclerosis symptoms and improve patients’ quality of life.  Dr. Ilana B. Katz Sand, an assistant professor of neurology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, is leading the research. Show More Summary

The MS Alphabet: Swallowing Reflex, Sertraline, Sclerosis, and Other ‘S’ Words (Part 1 of 5)

Editor’s note: Tamara Sellman continues her series on the “MS alphabet” with this column referencing terms starting with the letter “S.” First in a series of five. Symptoms of MS Spontaneous voiding This is another term for incontinence — one’s inability to control the bladder or bowel. Show More Summary

15 Multiple Sclerosis-Inspired Tattoos

Getting a tattoo shouldn’t be taken lightly. It’s a piece of art that will be on your body for life and therefore, should represent something that’s near and dear to your heart. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that many who suffer...Show More Summary

MS Patients Tend to Have More Heart Problems, Need Better Exams, Study Shows

Researchers found that patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) have increased heart problems suggestive of an intrinsic myocardial disease, and would benefit from cardiovascular examinations using more advanced techniques. The study, “Impaired...Show More Summary

Study Links Degeneration of Deep Gray Matter in Brain to Faster MS Disability

Degeneration of the brain’s deep gray matter is associated with more rapid disability in multiple sclerosis patients, a European study shows. The research, “Deep gray matter volume loss drives disability worsening in multiple sclerosis,” was published in the journal Annals of Neurology. Show More Summary

‘Something On Our Minds’: A Book by and for Those with MS

Frigid winter weather keeping you indoors? Laid up with the flu? If you’re looking for something to do while you power through this cold slog of February, allow me to recommend a cup of tea and a good book. The particular book that I...Show More Summary

Gilenya Continues to Demonstrate Effectiveness as Therapy for RRMS Patients in Study

Gilenya (fingolimod) is an effective treatment for relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) in everyday clinical practice, a new study shows. The therapy was shown to be effective even in patients switching from Tysabri (natalizumab) treatment. Show More Summary

6 Tips for MS Patients, Their Families and Loved Ones

Being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) is scary — you don’t know the whys, whens or hows when it comes to the disease. Patients and their loved ones often have a long list of questions, that unfortunately, don’t come with any answers. Show More Summary

University at Buffalo to Do Cognitive Training and Myelin Repair Studies

University at Buffalo researchers are working on ways to improve multiple sclerosis patients’ cognitive function and to repair damage to the mylein coating that projects nerve cells. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society awarded the researchers more than $1.1 million to conduct the studies. Show More Summary

Looking for Healthcare Answers on the Internet Can Drive You Nuts

I know, I know. I write about health issues on the internet, so I shouldn’t be discouraging people from looking for answers here. But, searching the internet to match symptoms with a diagnosis can be a real anxiety booster. Emily Sohn...Show More Summary

Medical Cannabis Found to Safely Reduce Chronic Pain in Older Patients in Study

Medical cannabis was found to safely and significantly reduce chronic pain in older patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) and a wide range of other conditions, researchers in Israel report. Led by scientists at Ben-Gurion UniversityShow More Summary

The Power of Resilience

After taking a tumble this week, I am reminded of the power of resilience. defines resilience as: “1. the power or ability to return to the original form, position, etc., after being bent, compressed, or stretched; elasticity. Show More Summary

Low-dose Naltrexone Changes Levels of Inflammatory Proteins in MS, Study Shows

Inhibition of the neuroactive opioid growth factor (OGF) alters the blood levels of important pro- and anti-inflammatory proteins in mice with multiple sclerosis (MS)-like disease. The recognition of this regulatory response may represent a new way to monitor disease progression and treatment response in MS. Show More Summary

MS News that Caught My Eye Last Week: Stem Cell Trial, Medical Marijuana, Myelin Repair, Tysabri Study

Stem Cell Treatment Benefits Three-fourths of MS Patients in Phase 1 Trial This is encouraging news for MS patients hoping to see some action in the stem cell area. A Phase 1 mesenchymal stem cell trial is reporting positive results, and a Phase 2 trial is underway in New York. Show More Summary

New Ocrevus Data, Post-FDA Approval, Supports Range of Benefits, Genentech’s Hideki Garren Says

Ocrevus (ocrelizumab), Genentech’s humanized anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody, continues to show clear evidence that it helps to slow disease progression and enable better function — including in the hands and limbs — of relapsing multiple sclerosis (MS) and primary progressive multiple sclerosis (PPMS), latest data reveals. Show More Summary

Accelerated Cure Project, Regeneron Unit to Sequence Coding Portion of MS Patients’ Genes

The Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis and a Regeneron unit are teaming up to sequence the coding portion of genes in DNA samples of multiple sclerosis and other patients in the project’s repository. The cure project is a non-profit organization whose goal is to accelerate research to improve MS diagnosis and treatment. Show More Summary

Having a Swell Time

The thing about becoming increasingly immobile is that your consumption of TV, radio, podcasts, books and, indeed, anything written goes up immeasurably. Luckily, one of the creative explosions in the recent years I’ve had MS is Scandi drama. Show More Summary

Peeking Behind the Curtain at Medical Insurance Decisions

Several years ago, I tried to get my insurance company to approve a functional electronic stimulator (FES). It’s a durable medical device that significantly improved my left foot drop. My request was well-supported by documentation from my neurologist and the physical therapist who was evaluating me for the FES. Show More Summary

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